The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War
(1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local
organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many
arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans'
pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed
organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado
and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915,
membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing
the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century,
the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for
compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans
diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory
with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded
educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and
members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World
War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became
the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new
Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.
Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its
Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in
the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and
National Volunteer Week.
From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings
bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department
of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.
VFW Post 6710 History
Quartermaster Dennis Harris
became a member of VFW Post 6710 in September 1970, the membership was over 300
members. There was even a few WWI Veterans, numberous WWII and a few Korean
Veterans. I was told that Clinton County
Veterans once belonged to a Xenia, Greene County Post before deciding to
establish a Clinton County VFW Post.
6710 original Charter was April 14, 1946. Post 6710 was incorporated by the
National By-Laws of the Veterans of Foreign of the United States of America on
November 19, 1951. Post 6710 has been in continued existence of corporation
(not for profit) since December 22, 1951. A name changes from Clinton County Post 6710 to Cpl. James H. Smithson
VFW Post 6710 took place on September 1, 1982.
we’re a small Post with less than 120 members. Over the past 20 years, at this
present address (1130 N. Lincoln St), its been a struggle to maintain the
operation of our Post for our Veterans. I don’t know the exact dates but here
are the moves that has taken place since 1970.
· From Dalton Road to Owner of DeLucas Dugout bldg.
· To former New Martin Hotel
· To Commander Charles Grooms Garage on South Wall
· Main School bldg., West Sugartree St.
· To 94 North South St.
· Finally, to our present location, 1130 N.
present location we have been able to pay off our mortgage, upgrade for
lighting and Electrical, paint inside. We had our parking lot resurfaced, with
the help of our VFW Car and Bike club we installed a Flag Memorial with all
service flags. Last year we set a record year for our Poppy Sales. We are
looking to upgrade our kitchen equipment and make some other repairs as needed.